Interactive map shows number of cases and deaths in each state in the United States.

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As others have noted, at a time when some Americans are dying, this was not a time to engage in surreptitious leveraging to secure pet legislation. It’s akin to pulling up a truck to the backdoor of the Capitol in the middle of the night and loading it up with goods. At least toilet paper hoarders didn’t hide their intentions.

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We will be defined by how we use this time. Let us use it wisely, and use it with wild abandon in the cause of beauty and love.

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I wasn’t exhibiting any concerning symptoms that would seemingly require immediate testing, so I decided to give the state’s highly publicized COVID-19 hotline a ring to see if they could provide some general guidance. Here's what I found out ...

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“Everybody knows that pestilences have a way of recurring in the world; yet somehow we find it hard to believe in ones that crash down on our heads from a blue sky.” ~ Pulitzer Prize philosopher, author and journalist Albert Camus

The dangerous COVID-19 virus continues to spread across the world, and now it has officially reached Cherokee Nation. A Cherokee citizen in Tulsa County was the first identified death from the virus in Oklahoma, and additional cases have been identified within our health system.

One of the key aspects regarding the electability of a presidential candidate – in addition to policy proposals, ideology, and charisma– is the selection of a vice presidential running mate. Until the ratification of the 12th Amendment – as a result of the 1800 tie in the Electoral College, which resulted in the selection of Thomas Jefferson as president by the House of Representatives – the presidential candidate with the second-highest number of electoral votes became the vice president.

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As others have noted, at a time when some Americans are dying, this was not a time to engage in surreptitious leveraging to secure pet legislation. It’s akin to pulling up a truck to the backdoor of the Capitol in the middle of the night and loading it up with goods. At least toilet paper hoarders didn’t hide their intentions.

It has never been more important to listen to your elders and authority figures. We’re talking to you, young people of Stillwater.

On Tuesday evening, March 24, local officials decided to impose a partial lockdown and "shelter-at-home" order for Cherokee County, allowing only "essential" businesses to continue operating. That dovetails Gov. Kevin Stitt's earlier announcement that the 19 counties with confirmed coronavirus cases needed to enforce stricter measures.

Hybrids and monocultures are risky. They have a narrowed range of evolutionary survival strategies. Whatever afflicts one plant can afflict plants nearby.

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When this pandemic ends, may we find that we have become more like the people we wanted to be, we were called to be, we hoped to be. And may we stay that way ... better for each other because of the worst.”

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In times of crisis, pews tend to become more crowded in places of worship, at least for a while. We saw this after the 9/11 attacks. According to some estimates, half of the U.S. adult population attended a religious service on the Sunday following that terrible day in 2001.The same option, …

With the onslaught of COVID-19, the world has seen what may become a new normal of life in many aspects. Restaurants are offering delivery and curbside service. Stores are offering special hours for senior citizens and those who are more vulnerable to catching this particular disease. Neighbors are checking on neighbors, and many younger family members are checking and caring for older family and friends.

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The 2020 Census, as required by the U.S. Constitution, will have far reaching effects for states, communities, businesses, and organizations for the next 10 years. This is why it’s important that everyone participate to ensure a complete count of the population.

Suddenly and unexpectedly, the world finds itself in need of a spirit of unity. People everywhere are confronted with a common enemy in COVID-19 and an effective response requires agreement as to purpose and accord regarding tactics.

When I started researching "unions," this week's topic, I asked myself why a Christian nation should have such a great need for unions. Then, I was reminded that no nation has ever been in greater need of a mediating spirit than the United States of America.

Although I am and have been a member of two unions – Cherokee County Retired Educators Association and Oklahoma Retired Educators Association – for years, and although these are not the first unions that I have been a member of, I am neither a fan of nor particularly a supporter of unions of most kinds.

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So while you may not be able to go out to a restaurant and eat, take time to enjoy the truly finer things in life: The sunrise. The sunset. The clouds. The warmth. The cool. The friends. The family.

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We will be defined by how we use this time. Let us use it wisely, and use it with wild abandon in the cause of beauty and love.

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Severe weather coverage really is must-see television for some. Coverage from some of our local weather personalities has inspired bingo, drinking games and the like. It is truly an event, for lack of a better word.

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How do we find the immense blessings of Christ in the sometimes mundane, grey, grim and painful aspects of this life? We find those blessings by allowing Christ to infuse our every act, as Herbert allowed Christ to infuse his words.

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I wasn’t exhibiting any concerning symptoms that would seemingly require immediate testing, so I decided to give the state’s highly publicized COVID-19 hotline a ring to see if they could provide some general guidance. Here's what I found out ...

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Reporting on the spread of coronavirus in Italy, the Atlantic’s Anne Applebaum observed that epidemics, "like disasters, have a way of revealing the underlying truths about the societies they impact.” One problem is that even when our government is working as intended, the adversarial nature of governing can preclude rapid action on highly salient but controversial issues. Inaction on immigration policy springs to mind. With pandemics – particularly in light of our increasingly polarized political environment – our system’s design produces the kinds of delays and inefficiencies that may prove fatal for many vulnerable Americans.

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With St. Patrick's Day here and gone, we all feel a little Irish. Do we have their luck? I have always believed that those who work the hardest have the best luck. Luck may just happen, but it takes effort to use it wisely.

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The continuing spread of the coronavirus is making one thing crystal clear: Life as we know it is going to be different for a while, perhaps a long while.Recently, the World Health Organization declared the coronavirus outbreak a pandemic, which the agency defines as “an epidemic occurring w…

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How we view what is happening with the coronavirus pandemic, how we react, how we handle the almost hourly change in how we live our lives and go about our business and work, will go a long way in writing that history.

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Last census, Enid fell about 200 people short of reaching 50,000 in population, Lisa Powell, executive director of Enid Regional Development Alliance, during a meeting in January. A population of 50,000 would give Enid access to $83.75 million in federal funds.

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While Trump and Vice President Pence have been working closely with experts from the Centers for Disease Control and Prevention, their efforts are belittled by political opportunists, more interested in delivering damaging sound bites.

Spring is early in popping open the Bradford pear tree flowers. We can revel in the earliest of local garden delights: garlic. I’m so all about garlic that some of the local Mexican restaurants don’t meet my lofty standards for camarones de ajo (garlic shrimp).

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Choosing a long-term care facility can be one of the most difficult tasks that an individual and/or his or her family may ever face. Ombudsmen for the Eastern Oklahoma Development District Area Agency on Aging can help provide people with information and resources to help them make an informed decision. 

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What one thinks about impeachment -- whether or not President Trump’s actions on Ukraine merited impeachment by the House or merited removal by the Senate -- is often portrayed in the media as a mere litmus test of ideological and partisan commitments. I want to write about a related issue: Americans no longer agree on basic facts; indeed, we often appear to be occupying separate and incompatible realities.

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In last’s week’s column (which was written nearly two weeks ago), I predicted Joe Biden would win the South Carolina primary. It was obvious from polling and conventional wisdom that he would prevail, so it wasn’t really much of a prediction as much as an agreement with the overwhelming number of data points and indicators that were available.

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It seems to me this inequality nonsense has gone on long enough. Lord knows we have done a pretty good job of fouling up this old world, and that was largely with the guys in charge. Let’s let the ladies have their shot, shall we?

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Efforts to artificially juice the financial markets this week with the biggest cut to interest rates since the 2008 global recession fizzled before delivering a punch. 

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Have you ever gone to the refrigerator and looked around for those leftover mashed potatoes you kind of remember making a week or so back, and the old memory isn’t quite there, and you discover you cooked those spuds about a month ago?

This Week's Circulars

Obituaries

FAIRVIEW - Graveside service for Arveda Ruby Monahan-Hunter, 94, is scheduled for 1:30 p.m. Thursday, April 2, 2020, at the Fairview Cemetery, Fairview, Okla. Please observe social distancing. Arrangements are by Fairview Funeral Home Inc.

SEILING - You will be able to watch a stream of the service on the Facebook page Shaw and Redinger Funeral Homes at 11 a.m. Tuesday, March 31, 2020, from First Christian Church, Seiling.

ENID - Graveside services for Kenneth, 79, will be 1 p.m. Wednesday, April 1, 2020, Marshall Lion's North Cemetery, Pastor Steve Meier officiating. Under the kind guidance of Amy Stittsworth Funeral Service. Remembrances shared online at www.stittsworthfuneralservices.com.

SEILING - You will be able to watch a stream of the service on our Facebook page, Shaw and Redinger Funeral Homes at 11 a.m. Tuesday, March 29, 2020, from the First Christian Church, Seiling.